Have you ever felt like you just have nothing left to offer? Maybe it’s because you’ve had an unusually difficult season. Maybe you’ve been sick or in the midst of a challenging relationship issue and you just feel like you are empty.
It seems like all your resources have drained away and there’s nothing left for you to give. You can see the bottom of the barrel and there’s just nothing there at all.
I have to admit that I’m there today. But I will also tell you that it is an illusion. It’s a lie.
If Christ is in you, you always have something to give. He never runs out of strength, or hope or ideas. He has endless resources and you have access to ALL of them!
So when you are in a situation where you feel like you just want to give up and you know you have not one speck of anything to give to the person who needs something from you, don’t quit!
That is the time when you can reach out to God and He will meet you where you are. He already knows your deepest thoughts anyway so He isn’t surprised when you confess your need. He promises He will supply everything you need.
I read something that brings this all into perspective. Habakkuk 3:17-19 says
Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord GOD is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.
The writers of the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary said this about those verses,
“But those who when full enjoyed God in all, when emptied can enjoy all in God.”
So you see, no matter how things look for you today, you can still find strength in God and tap into His resources when you feel empty.
Because, you are never truly empty. I just proved it. Even in my emptiness, God found something to say.
Psalm73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”